The family of pilot Max Quartermain, who died along with four others in a plane crash in Essendon on Tuesday, has paid a heartwarming tribute to the man they described as "our hero, our inspiration and our rock".
Max's daughter, Melissa Quartermain, delivered a video statement Friday on behalf of their family -- wife Cilla and son Mike -- and sent her wishes to those affected by the tragic accident.
"I'd first like to acknowledge the pain everyone affected by this tragedy is experiencing. Our hearts go out to all, especially to the families of the people who died in this tragedy," she said.
"Secondly, we extend our utmost gratitude for the love and support from our friends and family, it's been a tremendous comfort.
"The support provided to us through official channels has been outstanding. It's made us so proud of this country."
Melissa also paid tribute to her father in the statement.
"Our Dad meant so much to a lot of people. To us, he was our hero, our inspiration and our rock," she said.
"We'll miss his generosity, his energy and his passion for his work. Above all, his unconditional love as a husband, a dad and a papa."
The comments come as tributes flowed for the five victims of the crash, four of which were American tourists on a golf trip in Melbourne.
The light aircraft, crashed into a Melbourne shopping centre near Essendon Airport before bursting into flames early on Tuesday morning.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the incident will be investigated by the state coroner, Victoria Police, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Air Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).